Immokalee Workers Reach Important Agreement

* Though you’ve probably never been to Immokalee, Florida, you’ve almost certainly enjoyed its produce. Immokalee is the home to a $600 million tomato industry that’s been under fire for the treatment of the men and women who harvest all those tomatoes. Earlier this month the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange reached an agreement to incorporate a penny-per-pound increase in wages for tomato pickers, a strict code of conduct, a cooperative complaint resolution system, a participatory health and safety program, and a worker-to-worker education process that will have a positive impact on 90 percent of Florida’s tomato workers. “This is a...

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Grey Plume Opens, Daily Grub Relocates

* Fans of Daily Grub will be sad to hear it is moving to a new location yet to be determined. Owner Elle Lien sent an email to friends and family announcing the city’s plans to overhaul some plumbing near the restaurant’s current location at 20th and Pierce this coming spring. Lien is seeking alternative venues. Daily Grub was the Readers’ Choice 2010 winner for best new restaurant. Visit dailygrubomaha.com for more information. * The doors are slated to open soon at The Grey Plume at Midtown Crossing. It will be open for dinner only, starting Friday, Dec. 10 and will start serving the lunch crowd Monday, Dec. 13. Owned by local chef Clayton Chapman and Chicago-native Michael Howe,...

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Digestifs, Crack Pies

* Whether you overdid it at Thanksgiving or you’ve had enough of Aunt Carol, a digestif might be just what you’re looking for. Thought to aid digestion (not to mention making your aunt’s questions about why you’re still not married more tolerable), digestifs like grappa, brandy, sherry, limoncello, ouzo, tequila and even whiskey are purported to help your body ease things along and help you prepare for the traditional Thanksgiving Nap. * Ever wondered how a $44 pie tastes? David Chang, the man behind the justifiably awesome Momofuku restaurants in NYC is there to help. Chang and his partner Christina Tosi at Momofuku Milk are making some of their creations available around the...

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Feeding the Soul

I got a great assignment from this noble publication to write a first-hand story about how rewarding it is to volunteer in some of Omaha’s food pantries and soup kitchens around the holidays. There’s much to be gained from volunteering. You can meet new people, give your time to something not focused on the self and you can change the world just a little. But even in a few short volunteering sessions, I learned it’s not as simple as that. I should have known better. Right after college, I worked in Thailand teaching English in what was supposed to be my change-the-world experience. What I ended up discovering was that it wasn’t so much the world that needed changing, as it was me...

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Tommy Colina’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes

* Tommy Colina’s Kitchen opened near 35th and Farnam and by all accounts has been chockablock full of Kiewit employees at lunch. The restaurant, owned by Jon Dye and Grant Ludlin (of Shucks Fish House and Oyster Bar), is serving breakfast and lunch weekdays with plans to start a weekend brunch in the near future. The owners’ children, Tommy, Melina and Colin are the eatery’s namesake. Visit tommycolinas.com or call 502.9027 for more information. * Nothing Bundt Cakes, which opened last week at One Pacific Place, serves just what it says: bundt cakes and only bundt cakes. The restaurant/bakery is a small chain out of Las Vegas, Nev., with locations across the Southwest and now in...

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Versatile Venture

When the world knows you for one thing, it takes a while to change your image. That’s the goal for Crane Coffee Café & Bar, the new concept from the people who brought you seven Crane Coffee locations around Omaha. It offers the familiar coffee bar, a full kitchen serving three meals a day, and even drinks in the evening. Crane Café opened in the Paxton Building downtown in August. I visited with my wife and son on a Saturday night in November. I tried the Wagyu Kobe Burger ($11), featuring a 6 oz. patty topped with onions, tomato and garlic aioli. Wagyu cattle produce beef that is densely marbled, with a smooth texture. This was one of my favorite burgers in recent years. It’s...

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